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The Cartagena Protocol: Implications for Regional Trade and Technology Development in Africa

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The majority of African countries have ratified or acceded to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and many have received support through the Global Environment Facility and the UN Environment Programme for development of their National Biosafety Frameworks. This article examines the extent to which these frameworks are aligned with the goals of the Regional Economic and Regional Research Communities of which they are members. Many national approaches lack alignment with regional trade, economic, science and technology policies. The strict application of the precautionary principle and the imposition of costly administrative hurdles are likely to hinder intra-regional trade and technology development. Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • E. Jane Morris, 2008. "The Cartagena Protocol: Implications for Regional Trade and Technology Development in Africa," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(1), pages 29-57, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:1:p:29-57
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